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Adversary In Spiritual Warfare (1 of 8)
Series: The Battle Is The Lord's
Dr. Stan Coffey
I want you to take your Bible tonight and turn to Ezekiel Chapter 28.
This fall I had felt lead to the Lord to study the subject of spiritual warfare as a topic for Sunday nights. I feel that we have been going through spiritual warfare not only in the last months but also just in all the years that I have been part of this church.
I don't believe that a church that is trying to honor the Lord, a church that is moving for God is ever going to be out of spiritual warfare. And I don't believe that a believer that wants to grow and wants their life to count is going to be out of spiritual warfare.
So I am going to be talking about some of the aspects of spiritual warfare and I hope you will come on Sunday nights and share in this time because I believe that God has given us some very important things to learn and this is a great opportunity for us to learn.
Now tonight, I want to talk about the adversary in spiritual warfare and I want to call this little series of messages, "The Battle is the Lord's". That is a phrase that I hope you will get in your mind and your heart. The battle is the Lord's.
So we are going to look now tonight at our adversary. In Ezekiel 28 verse 11, "MOREOVER THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME SAYING, SON OF MAN, TAKE UP A LAMENTATION UPON THE KING OF TYRUS, AND SAY UNTO HIM, THUS SAYETH THE LORD GOD; THOU SEALEST UP THE SUM, FULL OF WISDOM, AND PERFECT IN BEAUTY."
Now although this is addressed to an earthly king, we know that the earthly king is only a symbol of the real power behind his throne. The king of Tyre was a wicked king but is God just talking about the earthly king?
We know from the language that God is not talking about the earthly king but the one he represents even Satan, himself, because of the description we see here.
"THOU SEALEST UP THE SUM, FULL OF WISDOM, AND PERFECT IN BEAUTY." Verse 13 makes it clearer that He is talking about the devil.
"THOU HAS BEEN IN EDEN THE GARDEN OF GOD, EVERY PRECIOUS STONE WAS THY COVERING, SARDIUS, TOPAZ, AND THE DIAMOND, THE BERYL, THE ONYX, AND THE JASPER, THE SAPPHIRE, THE EMERALD, AND THE CARBUNCLE, AND GOLD; THE WORKMANSHIP OF THY TABRETS AND OF THY PIPES WAS PREPARED IN THEE IN THE DAY THAT THOU WAS CREATED.
THOU ART THE ANNOITED CHERUB THAT COVERETH; AND I HAVE SET THEE SO: THOU WAST UPON THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF GOD; THOU HAST WALKED UP AND DOWN IN THE MIDST OF THE STONES OF FIRE.
THOU WAST PERFECT IN THY WAYS FROM THE DAY THAT THOU WAST CREATED TILL INIQUITY WAS FOUND IN THEE.
BY THE MULTITUDE OF THY MERCHANDISE THEY HAVE FILLED THE MIDST OF THEE WITH VIOLENCE, AND THOU HAST SINNED: THEREFORE I WILL CAST THEE AS PROFANE OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD: AND I WILL DESTROY THEE, O COVERING CHERUB, FROM THE MIDST OF THE STONES OF FIRE.
THINE HEART WAS LIFTED UP BECAUSE OF THY BEAUTY, THOU HAST CORRUPTED THY WISDOM BY REASON OF ...
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